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ALEPH
Seven Steps of stone

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ALEPH takes its primeval shape in Bergamo, Italy, with summer 98 sickly passing away. Only two of the three “founding fathers” survive the following winter: Dave Battaglia (guitars and vocals) and Manuel Togni (drums) lead the band to the first self-produced demotape “Falx Lunae”, released in January 2000. The record scores several “Top demos” and favourable reviews on the Italian press and features the first version of “El Aleph”. After two years and a consistent line-up turnover (which allows the band to get in touch with the magic of keyboard player Giulio Gasperini, in September 2000), the band releases its second demo, “Promo 2002”, in March 2002. Between 2002 and 2004 ALEPH gets encouraging reviews by Italian and foreign press as well (9/10 on Terrorizer UK), appears on two compilations “Atlantida” (featuring “Hallowed Hatred”) and “Climbers”(featuring “Acid Tears”), but has to face further changes in the line-up: the blazing fingers of guitarist Lorenzo Fugazza plunge deep into the band’s bloody tissue in Autumn 2003. With this renewed stage-machine ready to hit the road again, ALEPH plays a bunch of wild live shows through 2004. From now on, history makes a turn. The band releases “In Tenebra”, its best demo until then, in November 2005, finally completes the line-up with earthly bassman Antonio Ceresoli and signs a record deal with the Italian record label FUEL RECORDS. ALEPH plays as support act for bands like Necrodeath and White Skull. “In Tenebra” is officially released one year later, in November 2006 and is celebrated with a support gig with Italian power metallers Vision Divine. In June 2007 the band tours through Italy as supporting act for the Swedish death metal Gods Dismember in a successful couple of shows and appears on several magazines with enthusiastic reviews and plenty of interviews. The Metal Hammer readers’ poll crowns ALEPH as best Italian newcomer of 2007. But the band is already working on a new full length album: through June 2008 eight brand new songs are recorded and mixed between the band’s hometown and Vasteras, Sweden, at Underground Studios. The title of this new, dark-shining monolith is “SEVEN STEPS OF STONE”. The ruins of the old house in which ALEPH actually conceived the music receive the listener and drive him/her through its staggering halls and the windy, whispering corridors painted with shades of insane creativity. Without the musicians telling each other, ALEPH was given birth as an attempt to say something new and vital about Heavy Metal. Since the very musical cornerstone of ALEPH was set, songs immediately refused the narrowness of genre cages; it suddenly became clear in the writers’ intentions that the root of all the inspiration had to be an old stock boiling heavy metal, the band’s true imprinting. Obscure, powerful, intense, sick. Unusual. Through ten years of passion, struggle, winners, defeats, this never changed. “SEVEN STEPS OF STONE” is ALEPH’s masterpiece, for it pulses and breathes at the same unpredictable paces of a body, fearless in front of its fury and emotions, speaking Earth’s language. Important shows and interviews will soon follow this release. A dark, threatening, charming flower is soon to bloom out of Winter’s dying orchards in this early Spring, delivering darkness to your towns and houses…once again…

 

Descrizione

Deat/Prog/Doom from Italy

Tracklist:

1. The Cradle And The Blade
2. Bringer Of Light
3. The Voices From Below
4. Chimera
5. An Autumn Colder Than Winter
6. Tidal Wave
7. Epitaph Lies
8. El Aleph

Label: Fuel/Sweet Poison

Format : CD Jewel box with slipcase

Band Website: Unknown

Band Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/AlephMetal/

2 recensioni per ALEPH
Seven Steps of stone

  1. From Truemetal: Quanto pesi l’originalità in un album, è spesso un fattore soggettivo. Ciò che vale la pena considerare è che non per forza di cose uno stile contaminato vale come garanzia di eccentricità. Nel caso degli Aleph, i debiti artistici emergono in modo piuttosto nitido nel corso di tutta la tracklist. Se è vero infatti che la loro proposta esula da etichette troppo rigide, al punto da essersi attirata le definizioni più disparate (dark/death/prog/heavy/doom… e chi più ne ha più ne metta), è vero anche che a ben ascoltare le influenze del combo tricolore appaiono esplicite.Fra i punti di riferimento principali vanno segnalati due nomi su tutti, per quanto apparentemente disomogenei: Opeth e primi Iced Earth. Mentre questi ultimi rieccheggiano soprattutto nel riffing e nelle sezioni vocali più tirate, i primi pesano principalmente sulle atmosfere, sulle aperture acustiche e sulle soluzioni ritmiche. A partire da tali coordinate di base, il songwriting si dirama verso direzioni molteplici: dal doom (la seconda parte di ‘The Cradle And The Blade’) al progressive rock (sezioni di ‘El Aleph’) finanche al thrash/death (‘Bringer Of Light’, ‘Epitaph Lies’). Tecnica e melodia restano comunque ben presenti, come dimostra anche ‘An Autumn Colder Than Winter’, pressoché scippata agli Opeth di ‘Damnation’.

    La ragione per la quale non è tanto semplice archiviare gli Aleph come l’ennesimo clone di questa o quella band è una e semplice: qualità. I ragazzi sfoggiano infatti doti compositive superiori alla media, mantenendo alta la tensione grazie a brani complessi e diversificati. Le molteplici influenze sono amalgamate con abilità, come dimostrano l’oscura ‘Voices From Below’ o la multiforme ‘Chimera’, autentica hit del disco, fortificata da un refrain epico ed evocativo. Pur affacciandosi spesso al di là della soglia dei sette/otto primi, la band sa mantenere il controllo delle proprie canzoni, bilanciando con precisione le sezioni melodiche e quelle più tirate, anche grazie a una sezione ritmica sempre fantasiosa. Solo gli oltre dodici minuti di ‘Tidal Wave’ risentono di un momentaneo calo di lucidità, vuoi per le influenze fin troppo palesi, vuoi per la mancanza di un riff davvero incisivo.

    Ragionato ma non cervellotico, ‘Seven Steps Of Stone’ vince la sua battaglia grazie a una tracklist sulfurea e abrasiva, che conquisterà consensi fra gli appassionati di sonorità oscure. Le composizioni si attestano su livelli qualitativi alti, sebbene la loro freschezza risulti parzialmente compromessa dall’insistente riferimento a sonorità ben note. Le future fortune degli Aleph passano dall’emancipazione da questi tributi, necessaria per il pieno sviluppo della personalità della band. Chi tuttavia non fosse a tutti i costi interessato a qualcosa di nuovo, troverà qui musica di gran pregio, suonata con perizia e, soprattutto, composta con gusto.

  2. From Metal Archive: I had intended to review this album months ago, but it’s just one of those interesting releases which my opinions seem to fluctuate over endlessly. Having invested well over a dozen listens into Seven Steps of Stone, I’ve safely arrived in the positive camp. This is the sophomore effort from this Italian band; I’ve yet to track down the debut for comparisons.

    Aleph are very reminiscent of Celtic Frost, largely in part due to the crumbling vocal delivery of Dave Battaglia and the progressive environments which encapsulate their thrash riffing. Pianos are used quite well within this band, in fact I’d often consider them the core instrument for several of the tracks. Opening track “The Cradle and the Blade” is a great example. Though it often erupts in throatier vocals and churning, doomy thrash guitar riffs, the primary context of the song is a creeping, haunted castle feel dominated by piano and orchestral synthesizers. This is an excellent track which completely sets the mood for the record. You know you’re in for something a little left of center. “Bringer of Light” starts with some interesting drumming which propels the gloomy evocations of the guitars, alternating between progressive thrash rhythms and soothing yet scary melodies. The vocals are very much Tom G. Warrior in that one growled range, but, honestly, can we ever get enough of that style? “The Voices from Below” begins with a little too much crunch to the very power/thrash metal style of the riff; it’s one of the most pure thrash tracks on the album but still gets a flourish of atmospheric synths. “Chimera” is another thrasher but breaks into a tranquil and lavish acoustic + synth bridge which refreshes the listener before they break into some fine leadwork over a driving, almost death metal rhythm. “An Autumn Colder Than Winter” once again provides fulfilling acoustics which shift into some doomy thrash. “Tidal Wave” is quite epic, over 12 minutes long and running the full range of the previous compositions, with an even more progressive rock leaning. “Epitaph Lies” has an impressive, charging melody to it, and the album closer “El Aleph” is perhaps the most experimental piece on the album.

    In all, Seven Steps of Stone is quite the interesting listen. I can say this honestly as it hasn’t left my playlist in some time. The tracks are well composed yet and the mix is largely crystal (though the rhythm guitar chords & mutes get a little too chunky in spots). The occult lyrics really mesh well with the style. It might be difficult to perceive, but try to imagine a happy medium between Celtic Frost and Dream Theater. Aleph is the only band I’ve heard come into a sound quite like this one, and with their strong songwriting and solid musicianship I can expect only great things in their future.

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